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Vivitar ViviCam 8400 8 to 10 Megapixel

2.33 star rating
                      2.33 / 5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $300.00

  • Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution8 Megapixel
    Optical Zoom3x
    Camera TypeCompact
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens36 - 108 mm
    Digital Zoom4x
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Focus Range19.69 in. to Infinity (w)
    Macro Focus Range1.97 in. to Infinity (w) / 11.81 in. to Infinity (t)
    Focal Length7.5 - 22.5 mm
    Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 3264 x 2448 • 2272 x 1704 • 1600 x 1200
    Video Resolutions640 x 480 (VGA)
    Video Speed30 fps
    Max Movie LengthWithout Limit (Depends on the camera free memory size)
    Video FormatMPEG-4
    Aperture Rangef2.8/f4.8 (w/t)
    Shutter Speed2 - 1/1500 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Manual • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset) • Sunset (Preset)
    Memory TypeSD Card
    Built-in Memory Size16 MB
    Compression ModesFine • Normal • Basic
    Compression TypeJPEG • EXIF 2.2 • DPOF 1.1
    File Size (High Res.)2 MB (64 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.08 MB (about 1,600 images on 128MB card)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 50 • 100 • 200
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size2 in.
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery Type2 x AA Batteries
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec. • 12 Sec.
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Built-in SpeakerWithout Built-in Speaker
    Operating SystemApple Mac OS 9 • Apple Mac OS X • Microsoft Windows 2000 • Microsoft Windows 98 • Microsoft Windows 98SE • Microsoft Windows ME • Microsoft Windows XP
    Width3.58 in.
    Depth1.18 in.
    Height2.24 in.
    Weight0.31 lb.
    Product ID32090054

Product Description

The ViviCam 8400 is a slim, feature-packed, 8.0-megapixel digital camera that was designed to take high-quality photos and still be versatile enough to take with you anywhere. Plus, with a variety of exposure modes and controls you can be creative with your photos and still have the functions to capture everyday moments.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by no1 a Casual

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2007

Strengths:    large memory

Weaknesses:    you name it

Bottom Line:   
This camera is the worst camera I have ever used. It eats up battery power (even with rechargeable NiMH batteries, I can only get about 10 pictures out of it). The flash takes about 8 seconds to charge per shot, making quick snaps nearly impossible. Half of the settings do not work the way that they should and to be honest, I have only used the camera a few times in the months since I purchased it because it is simply more trouble and hassle than it is worth. Don't buy this camera.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $189.00

Purchased At:   radio shack

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jeff Mazur a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2006

Strengths:    Still image quality, size of camera body, LCD size, flexible shooting modes are available.

Weaknesses:    Befuddling user interface (camera menus), miniscule viewfinder hole, too easy to turn on by accident when in your pocket, camera comes with crappy software (I'm a developer, I REALLY know what I'm talking about here.) Auto-exposure system fooled far more often than my Canon's.

Bottom Line:   
This camera is a study in trade-offs. Image quality seems fine, though the auto-exposure programming seems to be too easily fooled. I am actually returning the camera for a refund and will probably instead purchase a newer, higher-resolution Canon Digital Elph (I love my old one but want improved image quality.) I'm spoiled by Canon quality and usability - this camera seems at first glance to be a great buy, but is just not what I'm looking for. I just don't like it.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   HSN.COM

Similar Products Used:   Canon SD300 (pretty sure that's the model) - 2MP with 3x optical zoom.

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by krishelle95 a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2006

Strengths:    The vivicam takes great pictures that I have made up to size 8x10, it may go larger, but that is all my printer can handle.
It turns on faster than my old Olympus.
It is easy to learn how to use.
It has a feature that takes three pictures with one depress of the shutter; it adjusts the f-stop up one step and down one step. It is called AEB. Automatic Exposure Burst. Then you can pick the one you like the best.
Takes great macro photos.

Weaknesses:    It eats up batteries, but just buy eight AA's and a charger and rotate 4 at a time. Or, if inside, use a power cord(not supplied).
Some pictures are grainy if the zoom is too high. Operator Error probably.
I have to sometimes zoom in and out to get the right focus.

Bottom Line:   
It actually came with 32mb, much better than the 16mb it says. It has several features I wanted:
12x zoom
small size but not too small, slightly larger than a pack of 100mm cigarettes
good price

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   Radio shack

Similar Products Used:   3.2mb Canon
exilim (too small)

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Digital Camera - Press Release

[B][CENTER]Vivitar Announces New ViviCam 8400[/CENTER][/B] [B]Oxnard, California–(February 13, 2006)[/B] – Vivitar today announced the launch of the new ViviCam 8400, their new 8MP digital camera, capable of both still photographs and video capture. This new high-resolution (3264 x 2448) came ... Read More »

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